Coast Guard rescues 4 duck hunters in Saginaw Bay

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued four men in Saginaw Bay Friday morning.

Just before 7:30 a.m., a local 911 dispatcher informed the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, located in Essexville, Mich., that they had received a report of four duck hunters in the water after their canoe capsized near Channel Island in Saginaw Bay.

A rescue boat crew from Station Saginaw River responded aboard a 24-foot rescue boat. The boat crew chose to respond aboard the 24-foot boat, rather than the 45-foot response boat that’s more commonly used for search-and-rescue missions, because they are aware that that area of the bay is very shallow, and the 24-foot boat is specifically designed for use in shallow water.

They arrived on scene, rescued the men, and took them to the station for treatment by emergency medical services personnel.

The men were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia and released. They had life jackets onboard but were not wearing them.

“It is important to make sure you have enough life jackets before getting underway,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Geoffrey Wells, the officer of the day at Station Saginaw River.

The Coast Guard advises that mariners wear their life jackets at all times while underway, since one tends to enter the water unexpectedly.

The Coast Guard also reminds boaters that this time of the year, they need to take proper precautions as the air and water temperatures start to decrease.

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